Hollywood Nocturnes, by James Ellroy, was published in hardcover by Otto Penzler Books in 1994. The edition that caught my eye is Dell’s paperback reprint published in 1995. The bright and rich colors of the 1990s – orange and pink and that rich and deep purple – are exciting and enticing. And, there’s that accordion player to add a bit of “hmmh?” The artist: Unknown (to me at least)
The first sentence of the story, “Out of the Past”:
“A man gyrating with an accordion – pumping his ‘Stomach Steinway’ for all it’s worth.”
Hollywood Nocturnes is a collection of seven of James Ellroy’s crime stories.